No Signs of AirAsia Flight; Plane Malfunction to Blame?
"This has been a difficult year for aviation in Asia”
This is a quote taken from this BBC article about the disappearance AirAsia’s Indonesia flight QZ8501. While true, it is definitely one of the understatements of the year. Let us recap what has happened for Asian airlines over the past 2 years:
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur in March. The wreckage has yet to be found.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in July.
Korean Airlines was thoroughly embarrassed after its CEO’s daughter forced the plane to turn back to chastise an employee. All the while breaking a few safety regulations.
Asiana Airlines flight 214 crashed in San Francisco on July 6th, 2013.
4 incidents in less than a year and a half. If there is ever a time to worry about flying in Asia, it is now. One thing that I noticed about asian airlines is that they can go one of 2 ways. They can either be one of the expensive, nice airlines, like Korean Air or Singapore Airlines, or they can be one of the cheap, no-service airlines. It is incredible how big a difference there is in these two realms. I have traveled both, and one thing I can say from my experience? The cheaper ones are scary.
Airlines like AirAsia, Jeju Airlines, Macau Airlines, Malaysia Airlines focus so much on cutting down costs that they seem to not only sacrifice service, but also the airplane. Now, I am not saying that these planes were to be blamed for these accidents (I mean Asiana had issues too), but I just cannot help but wonder how much of it was airplane issues. I have flown Airasia, EastarJet, Jeju, and Macau, and I can say without a doubt that their planes are of a much different quality. So I wonder, is it better to risk your life (if even a little) boarding an inferior plane in order to save a few hundred dollars? I pray for the families of the passengers, while I hope for real reasons to come forth so that we can prevent these type of accidents.